Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1990-09-14
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Dave Brotman FOB (15th row, center) AUD(Schoeps)> DAT> CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to Etree by T. Wiley
- 2004-04-03 12:15:29
- New York, NY
- Madison Square Garden
Subject: The scene backstage...
Jerry [on the phone] “Damn, I got his answering machine. I hope he gets this tonight. Hey Bruce, it’s Garcia, man, how you been? Listen, we’re between sets in New York City and I desperately need your help. It’s an emergency, man, I mean a genuine crisis. Call me back tonight, I don’t care what time, I’ll be up.”
[Later, the drummers are left alone on stage, and the rest of the band head backstage for a shorter break.]
Jerry [on the phone] “Bruce! Hey, it’s Jerry. How’ve you been? Did you get my message a little while ago? Are you busy tomorrow? How about the next couple weeks? No $&@? - alright man, listen, you gotta help me. You know this new guy, Welnick? Remember the guy from the $&@?! Tubes? Yeah, well, tonight’s his first gig with us, and he sucks. I mean he’s terrible, it’s a total disaster. The crowd is gonna start throwing beer bottles at the stage, man, you gotta come help us out. I can’t go back on this stage tomorrow night without you, or I’m gonna get murdered. I’m sending you a first class ticket to New York tomorrow morning. We can get some gear for a couple days until your stuff gets here. Please, man, I’m actually scared to go back out there to finish the show. Can you make it? Yeah? Alright, $&@!? yeah, thank you brother. I’ll see you tomorrow afternoon.”
Subject: Favorite show of 1990
i remember sitting next to an older guy from long island who said he was tired of dead shows, the dead had nothing left, and all that, and finally i said, hey...this is my first show. come on! so, he didnt stop, haha, and he was saying he should have stayed home, and then when the band was introduced with the distort, and everyone went crazy. the guy was crying by the end of the show. it was truly amazing.
(my best friend was there for his 100th show and he was going nuts) this is still the best show i ever saw, and i saw over 50, and heard a recording much later after i saw it, but its been at least 10 years since i heard it...)
i love this show, even if the set list does not reflect the greatness of it. i will never forget bobby and jerry smiling and leaning into each other, and feeling the sensation that this show was great great moment in time.
thanks so much for letting me hear it again!!!
Subject: better copy than the sbd
to my ears, the soundboard is flat. this audience recording is ridiculously good. it's a broader sound than the board complete with the echospace of the garden. plus, you hear the eruption after "just like new york city"! i'm not sure why i shouldn't give it five stars.
well ok, it's not cornell. but neither are horton field house, hartford '83 and a host of other massively good scarlet->fires. jerry's licks right out of scarlet are spine-tingling good. bobby makes these spooky howling wind noises during fire egging jerry on to do the fan. vince hasn't gotten brash enough to tune the casio crud louder than anyone else as he would by '93. phil is right where you want him to be.
the terrapin jam is sweet as it butterfly floats right into drums adding that little extra something the song had been begging for for years. jerry sparkles.
memory is a funny thing. my experiences toward the end of the run overshadowed this night. but it is a monster in it's own right. these guys deserved to have the inflated king kong with a tie dye out on the msg marquis.
Subject: Great AUD
Subject: this boot smokes
First MSG show since Brent died and original members seemed determined to show they have something left in the tank. Great Scarlet-Fire, Terrapin, Sugar Mag, among others.
I am saving 5 stars for Englishtown '77 etc... but this is a GREAT show.
Subject: MSG ceiling remodeling
But really, this show was just a warm-up for what was to come in this famed six-show run, climaxing with a full post-Drums Dark Star on 9/20, easily one of my top three shows in 30+ between 85-95. Thanks to archive.org for taking me back to both of these, among many others.
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